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Under a shade on flowers, much wond'ring where
; , Pleas'd it return'd as soon with answ'ring looks Of fympathy and love: there I had fix'd 465 Mine eyes till now, and pind with vain defire, Had not a voice thus warn'd me, What thou feeft, What there thou feelt, fair creature, is thyself; With thee it came and goes: but follow me, And I will bring thee where no fhadow stays 470 Thy coming, and thy soft enibraces, he Whose image thou art; him thou shalt enjoy Inseparably thine, to him thalt bear Multitudes like thyself, and thence be call'd Mother of human race. What could I do, 475 But follow ftrait, invisibly thus led ? Till I espy'd thee, fair indeed and tall, Under a platan; yet methought lefs fair, Less winning foft, less amiably mild, Than that smooth wat'ry image: back I turn'd; 480 Thou following cry'dit aloud, Return fair Eve, Whom fly'st thou? whom thou fly’st, of him thou art, His flesh, his bone; to give thee be’ing I lent Out of my fide to thee, nearest my heart, Subltantial life, to have thee by my side 485 Henceforth an individual solace dear;
Part of my foul I feck thee, and thee claim
490 And wisdom, which alone is truly fair.
So spake our general mother, and with eyes
Afide the Devil turn'd
Sight hateful, fight tormenting! thus these two, 505
510 Still unfulfill'd with pain of longing pines. Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd From their own mouths: all is not theirs it seems; One fatal tree there stands, of knowledge callid, Forbidden them to taste. Knowledge forbidden? 515 Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord Envy them that? can it be sin to know? Can it be death? and do they only stand By ignorance? is that their happy state, The proof of their obedience and their faith? 520 O fair foundation laid whereon to build Their ruin! Hence I will excite their minds
With more desire to know, and to reject
So saying, his proud step he scornful turn'd,
From what point of lis coinpafs to beware
Gabriel, to thee thy course by lot hath given
To whom the winged warrior thus return'd. Uriel, no wonder if thy perfect sight, Amid the sun's bright circle where thou fitti, See far and wide: in at this gate none pass The vigilance here plac'd, but such as come 580 Well known from heav'n; and since meridian hour No creature thence: if spirit of other fort, So minded, have o'erleap'd these earthy bounds On purpose, hard thou know'st it to exclude: Spiritual subliance with corporeal bir.
583 But if within the circuit of these walks, In whatsoever shape he lurk; of whom Thou tell'it, by.morrow dawning I shall know.'
So promis'd he; and Uriel to his charge Return'd, on that bright beam whose point 10w raise Bore him slope downward to the sun now fall's 591 Beneath th' Azores; whether the prime orb, locredible how swift, had thither roll'd Diurnal, or this lefs volubile earth,
By shorter flight to th' eaft, had left him there 595
Now came ftill ev'ning on, and twilight gray
When Adam thus to Eve. Fair confort, th' hour Of night, and all things now retir'd to rest, 611 Mind us of like repose, since God hath set Labour and rest, as day and night, to men Succellive; and the timely dew of fleep Now falling with soft flumb'rous weight, inclines 615 Our eye-lids: other creatures all day long Rove idly unemploy'd, and leis need reft; Man hath his daily work of body' or mind Appointed, which declares his dignity, And the regard of heav'n on all his ways; 620 While other animals unactive
range, And of their doings God takes no account. To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the east With first approach of light, we must be risen, And at our present labour, to reform Yon flow'ry arbours, yonder alleys green, Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown, That mock our fcant manuring, and require More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth: Those blofsoms allo, and those dropping gums, 630